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Space Shuttle Endeavour Airlock by National Geographic

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National Geographic National Geographic
Explore score
1.13 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 24, 2012
Date taken
Mar 14, 2012
astrophotography, photojournalism

This L-shaped, tubular airlock was added to Endeavour’s Payload Bay in 1997. Prior to this, an airlock existed internally in the Mid-deck of the Crew Module between the toilet and a bank of computers and storage lockers. An external airlock allowed not only more area in the cramped Mid-deck but also access both out into the Payload Bay for spacewalks and up, vertically, to connect with the International Space Station.

This airlock has been removed from Endeavour and will not be displayed at the California Science Center. Instead, it’ll likely be incorporated into a future spacecraft.

Photographer: Jon Brack
www.jonbrack.com Will open in a new tab or window
Image composed of 215 frames shot with a Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm, ISO 400, 1.0 second exposure at f/18.

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